IT’S surely one of the canniest ways ever to raise funds: by charging people to provide and eat their own dinner.
But tables for the self-styed “Bosco Tea Party” at Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry are being booked up at the rate of knots.
“Twenty of the thirty tables are already booked,” Bernard Gloster, a member of the Parents Association which is organising the event told the Limerick Leader with evident satisfaction this week.
And they are expecting a bit of a rush to secure the last ten tables at €100 per table. And for that, you get: a table.
That’s right. A table. And you bring your own food, drinks, cutlery and glasses.
The atmosphere, however, will be guaranteed by the organizers – along with the live musical entertainment. And they promise it will be a blast.
The Bosco Tea Party, which takes place on Friday, October 5, is a Pallaskenry twist on the Boston Tea Party, Mr Gloster explained.
“The Boston Tea Party was essentially bring your own event,” he continued.
But because the Salesians’ founder is Don Bosco, it was agreed to call it the Bosco Tea Party. But the same bring-your-own principle applies. The host pays €100 for the eight-person table and can either invite guests or ask them to contribute €12.50. The host then agrees with them as to who is going to provide the starter, the main course, the dessert, the wine and so on,” Bernard added.
“The theme of the night is Country and Western so dress code is denim or casual. Horses can be left outside the hall.”
The entertainment on the evening will be provided by pupils, past-pupils and members of staff.
The funds raised will go to support various projects at the school, including upgrading of sports equipment and backing the annual musical or whatever extra-curricular activity the school requires.
Up to this year, the Parents Association also ran and funded a book-rental scheme. Contact the school to book your table.